Fr. Gregory Jensen On Our (Orthodox Christianity’s) Cultural Failings

Fr. Gregory Jensen wrote the following response to my essay (Catholic Online: The Republic is Finished and the America We Knew is Gone). It's good, really good in fact, and I am posting it here to generate discussion that not only analyzes the reason for the present decline but to generate discussion of where to go from here. Excerpt: American Orthodoxy is as secular as the rest of America. … [Read more...]

Silent Clergy Killers: ‘Toxic’ Congregations Lead to Widespread Job Loss

- Source: Huffington Post They are called "clergy killers" -- congregations where a small group of members are so disruptive that no pastor is able to maintain spiritual leadership for long. And yet ministers often endure the stresses of these dysfunctional relationships for months, or even years, before eventually being forced out or giving up. Adding to the strain is the process, which … [Read more...]

Is This the Most Beautiful Orthodox Church in the World?

Below are some pictures of the consecration of St. Nicholas Cathedral in Kronstadt, Russia. A window to heaven has opened and the harmony of the unseen and uncreated are made visible to man. The Church is nothing short of astonishing. The only other place I have seen such depth of beauty outside of nature is in the iconography of the new chapel in Ossios Lukas monastery in Greece. There the … [Read more...]

60 Minutes on the Plight of Palestinian Christians

Source: The Atlantic APR 23 2012, 8:46 AM ET 280 By Robert Wright Last night's 60 Minutes segment about the plight of Christians in the West Bank has gotten a lot of attention, in part because of the attempt by Israeli ambassador Michael Oren to intervene with CBS brass while the segment was being put together. (See the 11-minute point in the video below, where CBS correspondent Bob Simon … [Read more...]

Ancient Faith Goes Live! First Program this Sunday at 8pm Eastern

I hope all of you tune in this Sunday. Along with Dr. John Mark Reynolds, I will be discussing "Atheism" particularly the New Atheism, our responses to it as informed by our Orthodox faith, and so forth. It holds great potential and promise. The purpose of the program is to bring timely and important topics to a larger Orthodox audience. The show will be live and include caller questions and … [Read more...]